Police have arrested around 150 climate activists who blocked the A12 motorway in central The Hague on Saturday.
The Extinction Rebellion protest closed the highway for approximately 90 minutes in both directions.
The group chose to protest near the temporary parliamentary office and the Ministry of Economy. On Twitter, they said the demonstration was meant to show opposition to “a €17.5 billion annual subsidy to the fossil fuel industry.”
De regering stelt de belangen van grote bedrijven en aandeelhouders boven mensenlevens. Wij blokkeren vreedzaam de A12. #StopFossiele subsidy met @RedRebelsNL en @SR_Holland pic.twitter.com/OmGoOn2vAf
— Extinction Rebellion Nederland (@NLRebellion) November 26, 2022
Police told the group that Mayor Jan van Zanen had given them permission to hold a demonstration in the nearby Marifeld, near the city’s main railway station, and ordered them to move on.
But most people ignored the order and sat on the street. He was then arrested and taken by bus to the police station.
This is the fourth time the Extinction Rebellion has blocked a motorway in The Hague. The last time was in mid-October and 62 people were picked up.
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